Recognizing Community College Month

By AACC 21st Century Center Staff

A roundup of how colleges are recognizing Community College Month.

National Community College Month began in the 1980s to bring awareness to the critical role community colleges play in the nation. AACC is spreading the word about community colleges this month with “Did You Know?” infographics, featuring data found on the 2019 AACC Fact Sheet.

Many community colleges are celebrating the month in their own ways. Here’s a roundup of how some colleges are recognizing Community College Month:

In Alabama, Wallace State Community College received recognition from Hanceville Mayor Kenneth Nail, Cullman Mayor Woody Jacobs and their respective cities. The mayors presented a proclamation to honor the college during Community College Month.

“We have a great relationship with Wallace State, and we’re proud what the college represents for our community and the state,” Hanceville Mayor Kenneth Nail said. “The City of Hanceville does its best to promote Wallace State. We believe that 99.9 percent of the time, what’s good for Wallace State is good for Hanceville.”

Elsewhere in the state, Gadsden State Community College is celebrating Community College Month with the theme “Celebrate! Educate! Motivate!” There are student activity days, a student success workshop, free events for the community, informational meetings for students and parents, a monthlong drive to collect supplies for the Cherokee County Children’s Advocacy Center, and the annual Everyday Hero Awards.

New Jersey’s Sussex County Community College is inviting the community to join to join the administration, faculty and staff to an event April 18 featuring guest speakers and campus tours.

John Wood Community College (JWCC) in Illinois is celebrating with a bevy of events. On April 1, the college presented the JWCC Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award to Trevor Akers, who operates Akers Hometown Chiropractic.  The college also is offering free classes, which are open to the public. They include classes on surgical technology, introduction to Chinese and caring for people with dementia.  JWCC faculty, staff and students also will get out into the community and deliver food for a designated route of Quincy’s Meals on Wheels program.

Clinton Community College in Iowa invited people to complete their six-word story describing their experiences with the college. The college also hosted an alumni association trivia night and a community author book festival.

How is your college celebrating Community College Month? Sound off at LinkedIn.

AACC 21st Century Center Staff

is a contributor to the 21st-Century Center.